Usher Defends Justin Bieber: ‘He is Unequivocally Not a Racist’


Usher posted a statement (with a throwback photo showing his arm wrapped around Justin) to Instagram on Saturday, throwing his support behind Justin Bieber as footage of him telling racist jokes continues to leak.

At my core, I am a person that supports growth and understands without judgment, that growth often comes as a result of pain and continues effort. As I have watched Justin Bieber navigate difficult waters as a young man, I can tell you that he hasn’t always chosen the path of his greatest potential, but he is unequivocally not a racist.

What he was 5 years ago was a naïve child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs. What he is now is a young man faced with an opportunity to become his best self, an example to the millions of kids that follow him to not make the same mistakes.

Usher’s Instagram comes after a Nylon Guys Magazine interview in which he stood by JB’s other indiscretions.

He told the magazine:

Do I turn my head in shame based off of what I see, what I know? Nah, I don’t because it’s all part of life’s proces. Am I in it with him? Yeah.

  • Bieber Fever

    I love Justin and Usher they’re just so amazing together! :)

  • Hannah Bieber

    Well im glad Justin still has someone by his side.

  • hudabia

    I’m not a fan of usher but i respect him cause he supports my idol thnx usher God bless you :)

  • Lailani

    I love how Usher defends Justin. Back then Justin was naive. He’s changed know for the better

  • Birk

    I am so glad that Usher finally spoke out, he has known Justin since he was 13, and watched him grow into a young man, and knows him very well and is still close to him now.

  • Nicki

    I still luv you Justin.

  • lambor500S

    If, the 2nd video would have never surface the 1st video would be forgotten by now. Everyone knows Justin, is not a racist at all. It, was just poor judgement at a young age. Also, from reading a few other comments. I agree that the N word should be band from all races including blacks as well. Because, when other races hangout with blacks and here blacks using the N word the other races will think that it is ok for them to use it as well. It’s like double standard when blacks use the N word it suppose to be ok. But, when another race use the N word blacks get offended. That’s why the N word should be band from all races from using it including blacks.